Class action lawyers have an incentive to win and to keep a case moving forward, but traditional law firms have done some first class work, too. Likewise, some class action law firms have mismanaged cases and floundered their way to a loss for their client.
For years now this has been DOJ's strategy: to rattle off the number of cases of "financial fraud" or "mortgage fraud" it has won, not a single one of which is the kind of case the public has been demanding.
Something really bad happened at a big bank, and tens of millions of dollars are being shelled out in settlements, and yet so far no heads are rolling. Just maybe that's because ripping off customers is now part of the business model for major banks. And why punish executives for doing their job?
Investors who are victims of crime or financial fraud might have an easier time dong background search in trying to avoid Ponzi schemes before making investments than guessing which bank, Future Commission Merchant, or broker goes bankrupt.